Allied Warships

HMS Uganda (66)

Light cruiser of the Fiji class


HMS Uganda during the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassFiji 
Pennant66 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Parsons 
Ordered1 Mar 1939 
Laid down20 Jul 1939 
Launched7 Aug 1941 
Commissioned3 Jan 1943 
End service21 Oct 1944 
History

HMS Uganda was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on 21 October 1944.
Renamed Quebec on 14 January 1952.
Decommissioned on 15 June 1956.
Sold and arrived at Osaka, Japan on 6 February 1961 to be broken up for scrap.

 
Career notesTo the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Uganda

Commands listed for HMS Uganda (66)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Sir William Gerrard Andrewes, RN19 Sep 194222 Nov 1943
2Cdr. Duncan Lachlan Johnston, RN22 Nov 194315 Aug 1944
3Capt. Edmond Rollo Mainguy, OBE, RCN15 Aug 194421 Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Uganda include:


14 Jan 1943
HMS Sussex (Capt. W.Y.La R. Beverley, RN) and HMS Uganda (Capt. W.G. Andrewes, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (1)

23 Jan 1943
HMS Sussex (Capt. W.Y.La R. Beverley, RN) and HMS Uganda (Capt. W.G. Andrewes, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (1)

17 Feb 1943
HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) and HMS Uganda (Capt. W.G. Andrewes, RN) conducted exercises to the east of Scapa Flow. (2)

13 Jul 1943
The bombardment force of the Acid area; made up of the light cruisers HMS Mauritius (Capt. W.W. Davis, RN), HMS Uganda (Capt. W.G. Andrewes, RN) and the destroyer HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN) [the damaged destroyer HMS Eskimo (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) had been towed to Malta by her sister ship HMS Tartar (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN)] and the bombardment force of the Bark area; the light cruisers HMS Newfoundland (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral C.H.J. Harcourt, CBE, RN), HMS Orion (Capt. G.C.P. Menzies, RN) and the destroyers HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN), HMS Lookout (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN) and HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, DSC, RN) joined company [' Force K '].

Around 0500 hours several enemy aircraft attacked ' Force K '. Bombs were dropped close to HMS Laforey but she sustained no damage.

During the day several bombardments were carried out. Around 0900 hours HMS Mauritius commenced a bombardment of the towns of Lentini and Carlentini. She had to break off this bombardment at 0923 hours when a heavy shore battery opened fire on her. This battery was then taken under fire between 0940 and 1000 hours.

At 1000 hours another coastal battery near Brucoli was then being fired upon briefly by HMS Newfoundland and all destroyers.

Also around this time HMS Orion, HMS Uganda and HMS Nubian parted company to proceed to Malta to load ammunition and fuel. They arrived at Malta around 1430 hours.

Around noon both HMS Loyal and HMS Mauritius reported being attacked by aircraft.

Around 1630 hours, HMS Loyal was detached to Malta.

Between 1700 and 1724 hours, HMS Mauritius bombarded a target to the south of Catania. Coastal batteries opened fire on her and at 1724 she was straddled and then withdrew out of range of the heavy coastal battery.

At 1705 hours, HMS Newfoundland briefly bombarded Lentini (only for 2 minutes).

Between 1745 and 1800 hours, HMS Mauritius bombarded Lentini.

At 1950 hours, HMS Newfoundland, HMS Mauritius, HMS Laforey and HMS Lookout formed formation and retired to seaward for the night.

HMS Newfoundland had carried out two bombardments on this day and HMS Mauritius seven. The monitor HMS Erebus (Cdr.(Retd.) H.W. D'Arcy-Evans, RN) was also operating in the area. (3)

14 Jul 1943
Around 0600 hours the ships of ' Force K ' that were currently operating of the east coast of Sicily were once again ordered to act independently. These were HMS Newfoundland (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral C.H.J. Harcourt, CBE, RN), HMS Mauritius (Capt. W.W. Davis, RN), HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN) and HMS Lookout (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN).

During the day these ships were attacked several times by enemy aircraft but no damage was sustained.

At 0710 hours, HMS Mauritius and HMS Laforey opened fire on the town of Lentini. At 0730 hours, HMS Mauritius came under fire from shore batteries.

At 0839 hours, HMS Newfoundland opened fire on an enemy battery. Fire was ceased at 0916 hours when the battery was reported to have been destroyed.

At 1110 hours, HMS Newfoundland opened fire on a machine gun nest. Fire was ceased at 1119 hours when it was reported to have been destroyed.

Around 1200 hours, HMS Uganda (Capt. W.G. Andrewes, RN), HMS Orion (Capt. G.C.P. Menzies, RN) and HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN) departed Malta to return to the bombardment area.

At 1450 hours, HMS Newfoundland opened fire on a shore target. Fire was ceased at 1525 hours when it was reported to have been destroyed.

At 1705 hours, HMS Newfoundland opened fire on an enemy gun emplacement. Fire was ceased at 1735 hours when the target was reported to have been destroyed. Heavy explosions were observed in the target area.

Around 1800 hours, HMS Newfoundland, HMS Mauritius, HMS Laforey and HMS Lookout departed the area to proceed to Malta to fuel and re-ammunition. They arrived at Malta around 2215 hours.

Around 2020 hours, both HMS Uganda and HMS Orion commenced a short bombardment of Catania. Fire was ceased after around ten minutes. (4)

13 Sep 1943
During the landings at Salerno HMS Uganda (Capt. W.G. Andrewes, RN) is hit by a German radio controlled glider bomb. The bomb hit the ship on the starboard side aft and went through seven decks and the ship's bottom before it exploded. The ship went Charleston, South Carolina, USA for repairs and was subsequently transferred to the RCN.

Media links


The Cruiser Uganda

Stephen Conrad Geneja

Sources

  1. ADM 53/118599
  2. ADM 53/117702 + ADM 53/118637
  3. ADM 53/117900 + ADM 53/118277 + ADM 53/118314 + ADM 53/118642 + ADM 234/356
  4. ADM 53/117900 + ADM 53/118277 + ADM 53/118314 + ADM 53/118642 + ADM 199/640

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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